The White Dragon By Anne McCaffrey

Cover of The White Dragon The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey is one of my all time favorite books.

The GoodReads page says the book came out in 1978 so the mass market paperback was probably a year or so later, pretty sure it came out before I graduated high school.

It may have been the first of Anne McCaffreys books I ever read. I’m not sure, because I read a lot, and she had a lot of books out, but this book was the first one that got my attention enough that I took note of her name and remembered it. After that I looked for books by her, and waited for the new ones. Bought every single one of them too.

I loved this book enough that I went hunting for the other books. Got all the ones available at the time, and bought every other book in the series as soon as I could.

Now I did mostly have to wait for the mass market copies, because: Money. You can get more books that way. We were not rich, but I did have some money, and my mom allowed me to spend it however I wanted. She loved (still does too) to read, and understood the desire for books, and if I wanted to use my money for books instead of clothes or whatever, that was ok, or at least tolerable.

Checked my shelf and looks like the paperback copy got donated a while back when I was clearing my shelves. I now have an omnibus copy (hardback that has all three). Not quite the same but almost, and it does give me more room on my bookshelf.

I have re-read this book (and the whole series) multiple times over the years. It is still good!

I love the whole underdog thing. Or undergragon in this case.  The White Dragon is named Ruth and is much smaller than all the other dragons. His rider gets teased for years about his “runt”. But they rise up righteous and prove everyone wrong. It is a wonderful story!

If you haven’t read it you should. Even if you don’t generally like fantasy type stuff. Give it a chance. It is worth it!

About the book:

Never has there been as close a bond as the one that exists between the daring and adventurous young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary white dragon, Ruth. Pure white and incredibly agile, Ruth is a dragon of many talents, though almost everyone on Pern thinks he is a runt who will never amount to anything.

But Jaxom knows better, knows he can teach his dragon to fly and destroy the deadly silver Thread that falls from the sky. Disobeying all rules, Jaxon and Ruth train in secret. Their illicit flights seem but a minor disobedience – until they find themselves in the path of danger and in a position to prevent the biggest danger of all…

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A Room Full Of Books

I have a room full of books. Some of them are books I have had since I was in middle school. Some I have read multiple times, others only once or twice.

Bookshelves on one side of my "library" and "hatchery" room.
The room is also a hatchery (guinea keets) and cannot be kept clean while the little boogers are in there.

There were more books once. I had to leave a lot of them behind when my first husband ran off, and I had to move. I didn’t have room to take all my things.

I have also had to clear the shelves to make room for new books. That or get more bookshelves and my hubby said no to that.

Childhood

I still have the Little House on the Prairie books. I reread those every so often, and I still love them. My favorite of those is Little Town on the Prairie. Laura is pretty much grown up at the end of that one.

I used to have all the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books. The Trixie Beldon set and the Donna Parker books too. I loved those.

I had a lot of those cheap cardboard back books about horses and dogs. Don’t remember the name of the set but there was a whole lot of them you could collect. This set included some about Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone too. Good books, just made cheaply.

I also had some of  the We Were There books. Those were historical stories. I only remember the ones about The Battle of the Alamo and The Oklahoma Land Rush.

My fourth grade teacher introduced me to Science Fiction/Fantasy. We had to do a book report and got to pick a book off a pile on her desk. By my turn there were not many left. One of them was The Door Into Summer by Robert Heinlein. I picked it. Ended up in the school library checking out every book they had by him , but there wasn’t many. The public library had more.

The same section of the library had books by Andre Norton, Gordon Dickson, and quite a few others.

Teen and Young Adult Years

I had every single one of the Xanth books by Piers Anthony.

At the time there were about 20 books in that series, I think. Not sure because he kept writing them.

I haven’t read the newest ones. Just haven’t been interested enough, and there are other books I would rather spend my limited book buying budget on. They are wonderful fun books though. If you haven’t read them you should consider reading at least one. They are funny. And there are Puns, lots and lots of puns. If you don’t like puns don’t bother, because you would just find it punishing. Really.

Anne McCaffrey! I loved her. I bought just about every book she ever wrote. I bought the cheaper paperback books, so the money would go farther. I loved the Pern books. I still have every one of those.

Oh and Orson Scott Card! Enders Game was one of my favorite books for years. It was the first book that ever ticked me off so much that I threw it across the room. Good read. I have that whole set too, and quite a few of his other books.

I also used to love to read horror type books. I loved the ones where nature went haywire and caused disasters. There was one about roaches eating people. Don’t remember the name of it or who wrote it. I still read Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I used to read a lot of Robert Mccammon, his Swan Song is worth a reread (or two). This picture is of the the two shelves with my set Horror type books.My set of Dean Koontz and Stephen King books.

I went through a Harlequin Romance period in my early teens. During that time all I read was romances, mostly Harlequin, but those got me into historical romance where I found Georgette Heyer. I collected the paperbacks of her books, which I still have and reread when I’m feeling yucky.

Middle Age

These days I’m into more upbeat type stuff.

I love The Red River of the West series by Lauraine Snelling, and Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke. I have reread the sets several times. Both authors have written some stand alone clean historical romance, and those books are good too. My set of their books is on the top of the shelves on one side of the “library”.  It also has my Little House Books (blue on the far end).

My set of books by Laurane Snelling and Janette Oke, the Little House books.

I have read more young adult books in the last few years than I ever did as a young adult. They are very enjoyable and for the most part turn out well.

I love the Safehold series by David Weber.  It is about people overcoming adversity. It is about building. Of course it also has war and death and disaster, and bad guys. There are other series he wrote that are really good.

I have been reading more fantasy and science fiction. L. E. Modesitt has some wonderful fantasy books that are great for rereads. His Recluce and Imager series are very good.

John Ringo has some great stuff out that I like to reread. I have read the Black Tide Rising books several times now, they would make a wonderful T.V. series. He and his backers are trying to get the funding for a proof of concept film right now. Check out their Fundraiser.

Favorite Post Series

This post came out of trying to remember what my favorite books were for my new post series. I’m thinking about dividing the posts into time sections for childhood, tween to young adult, older adult, and current favorites. How’s that sound to you?

The length of this post indicates that I’m gonna have to sit down and make a list. Otherwise I’ll forget some of the older ones. Going through my library won’t work because some of the books I used to love are not there anymore. Besides the ones lost moving, there are only so many books you can fit on a shelf. Once the shelves are full you either get rid of some books or start filling the floors.

I could easily become a hoarder of books, if I didn’t have family. If it was up to me the whole house might be stacked full, floor to ceiling. So I suppose it is a good thing it is NOT up to me.

How about you?

 

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